A Companion to the Gawain-Poet

A Companion to the Gawain-Poet

Edited by Derek Brewer, Jonathan Gibson

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Essays intended as a companion to a reading of the works of the Gawain poet: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness and Patience
The essays collected here on the Gawain-Poet offer stimulating introductions to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness and Patience, providing both information and original analysis. Topics include theories of authorship; the historical and social background to the poems, with individual sections on particularly important features within them; gender roles in the poems; the manuscript itself; the metre, vocabulary and dialect of the poems; and their sources. A section devoted to Sir Gawain investigates the ideas of courtesy and chivalry found within it, and explores some of its later adaptations from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. A full bibliography completes the volume.

DEREK BREWER was Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge; JONATHAN GIBSON has worked as a lecturer in the Universities of Exeter and Durham.

Contributors: DEREK BREWER, MALCOLM ANDREW, A.C. SPEARING, JANE GILBERT, MICHAEL J. BENNETT, DAVID AERS, RALPH ELLIOTT, MICHAEL THOMPSON, FELICITY RIDDY, ANNE ROONEY, MICHAEL LACY, A.S.G. EDWARDS, H.N. DUGGAN, ELISABETH BREWER, RICHARD NEWHAUSER, HELEN COOPER, NICHOLAS WATSON, PRISCILLA MARTIN, NICK DAVIS, DEREK PEARSALL, GILLIAN ROGERS, BARRY WINDEATT, DAVID J. WILLIAMS

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18 black and white, 13 line illustrations
456 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
Paperback, 9780859915298, May 1999
Hardback, 9780859914338, January 1997
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSC, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000, LIT014000, LIT004120
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Table of Contents

`Meter, Stanza, Vocabulary, Dialect'. - Hoyt N Duggan
`Text and Society: The Historical Background'. - Michael J Bennett
`Text and Society. Christianity for Courtly Subjects: Reflections on the Gawain-Poet'. -
`Everyday Life: Landscape and Geography'. - Ralph W V Elliott
`Everyday Life: Feasts'. - Derek S Brewer
`Everyday Life. Jewels: Luxury, Piety and Preciousness in Pearl'. - Linda Brosnan
`Everyday Life: The Hunts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. - Anne Rooney
`Everyday Life: Castles'. - M W Thompson
`Everyday Life: Armour in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. -
`Literary Sources: Romances and Other Secular Sources (Sir Gawain)'. - Elisabeth Brewer
`Literary Sources: Scriptural and Devotional Sources of the Gawain-Poet (Other poems)'. - Richard G. Newhauser
`Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: The Order of Shame and the Invention of Embarrassment'. -
`Gender and Sexual Transgression in the Gawain-Poet'. - Jane Gilbert ***
`The Gawain-Poet as a Vernacular Theologian'. - Nicholas Watson
`The Supernatural'. - Helen Cooper
`Narrative Structures'. - Nick Davis
`Allegory and Symbolism'. - Priscilla Martin
`Poetic Identity in the Gawain-Poet'. - A C Spearing ***
`Sir Gawain: Some Later Versions. The Grene Knight'. -
`Sir Gawain: Some Later Versions. Sir Gawain at the fin de siècle: Novel and Opera'. - Barry A Windeatt
`Sir Gawain: Some Later Versions. Sir Gawain in Films'. - David Williams
The Supernatural - Helen Cooper

Reviews

This superb collection of introductory essays by leading scholars and critics provides an excellent one-volume guide to the works of the anonymous Gawain-poet. CHOICE

Impressive collection of essays... will surely become a key starting point for any new work on the poet and poems. SPECULUM

A boon companion, an essential guide, for those setting out to explore the world of this fascinating poet. ARTHURIANA

All students and scholars of the Middle English Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain will want to consult this valuable new compendium. ANGLIA

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